A Guide to Planning a Drug Addiction Recovery

With increased access to alcohol, medications, and controlled substances, addiction has grown to be a significant problem in the US. Over 20 million people aged 12 and above are believed to be suffering from one form of addiction or the other. Addictions are very treatable, with most people who go in for treatment recording fantastic success. Considering the dangers of addiction and the easy access to treatment resources, one would expect that most addicts would willingly undergo treatment. That, however, has proven not to be the case.

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A good case study is the number of addicts trying to overcome alcohol dependency. In 2018, a survey reported that 95% of alcohol addicts didn't believe they needed any kind of treatment. The trend is the same as other kinds of substance abuse. There are multiple reasons addicts refuse to go into getting treatment.  

Coming to term with being an addict is the first and probably the most challenging stage of recovery. After coming to terms with it, though, the next step is to pick the kind of treatment method you want. There are two broad classes of treatment models available to addicts:

1. Outpatient Treatment

In this treatment model, the patients (in this case, addicts) are treated at a treatment center (commonly known as a rehabilitation center) and allowed to go home after receiving treatment. It allows you to take care of other activities while still receiving treatment for your addiction.

It's usually advised in simpler cases where the addict can still function normally within society.  Outpatient treatment methods include:

- Detoxification: Abused substances often remain in the addict's system for a while in trace quantities. This treatment method allows for time, and in some cases, medication to help detoxify the body.

- Medication management: Some addicts may require drugs to reduce the severity of their withdrawal symptoms and help them recover faster.

- Group therapy

- Individual therapy

- Relapse prevention education

2. Inpatient Treatment

The inpatient treatment model demands that the addicts live at the treatment facility for the entire time they will be undergoing treatment. It's frequently used by those who want to focus on their treatment and separate themselves from temptation completely.

Outpatients may quickly come across trigger substances that make them relapse during treatment. However, being an inpatient protects you from that. It's also advisable for people whose daily lives have been greatly impacted by drug abuse.

Inpatient methods provide:

- Supervised detoxification: Since the patient is within the facility, it's easier for them to be accountable for their treatment.

- Medically assisted treatment

- A therapeutic approach to alcohol and drug addiction using activities like yoga, meditation, and exercise

- Individual and group therapies

While treatment methods will vary from center to center, choosing the best one for you isn't a decision you can make independently. Make sure to consult those closest to you, and get the opinion of a specialist from a rehabilitation center before making up your mind.

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